Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review - Being Big by Sharen Liddell

Barbara is big. She has big hands and big feet and she is taller and weighs more than any of her friends. She is so big that normal-kid running shoes don’t fit. Learning how Barbara comes to accept herself and to like how she looks will be fun for young readers.

About the Author
Sharen Liddell is a sometime teacher, sometime librarian and full-time writer of stories for young people.  She loves storytelling and lives with her family in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario.

About the Illustrator
Yvonne Cathcart lives in Toronto with her husband, son Spencer and their two cats.  She enjoys painting and making animal sculptures out of recycled material and teaching arts and crafts to children.

My Review
The story of Being Big is about a little girl who is larger than the rest of the children in her class and she feels that difference very much and tries to make some changes so that she won't be so big and fit in with the rest of her classmates.  After Barbara has a talk with her Mom about all the great things she can too since she is big she starts to feel much better about herself.  I think that this book helps kids look at their differences and embrace them.  It is a feel good story with a very good lesson in this physical obsessed world we live in.

Thank you to Annie Paikeday and Second Story Press for sending a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of my honest review.

# Paperback: 24 pages
# Publisher: Second Story Press
# Language: English
# ISBN 0-929005-62-7 (bound)

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